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Plain Dealing, Louisiana
Town of Plain Dealing
Leon Sanders, Jr., Municipal Complex
Leon Sanders, Jr., Municipal Complex
Location of Plain Dealing in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Plain Dealing in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Parish Bossier
 • Total 1.58 sq mi (4.10 km2)
 • Land 1.58 sq mi (4.09 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
266 ft (81 m)
 • Total 893
 • Rank BO: 4th
 • Density 565.55/sq mi (218.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-60670

Plain Dealing is a town in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 1,015 at the 2010 census. It is part of the ShreveportBossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Prior to 1839, the United States government forcibly removed the Caddo Nation of Native Americans—longtime local inhabitants who had first settled the area over 1,000 years before Europeans' 16th-century arrival in mainland North America—from the area of Northern Louisiana that included the parcel that would later become the town of Plain Dealing.

In 1839, George Oglethorpe Gilmer and his son, James Blair Gilmer, bought 5,000 acres of this land—now described as a "vast, unsettled wilderness"—from the United States government, calling a portion of this acreage "Plain Dealing" after the family's Virginia plantation. The "Plain Dealing" name became official when the town was formally chartered on April 24, 1890.

Notable points of more recent history include the following:

  • Plain Dealing recorded the state's hottest temperature ever, 114 °F (46 °C), on August 10, 1936.
  • The Plain Dealing Post newspaper was established in the 1980s by publisher Danny D. Scott of nearby Springhill.
  • The Bossier Parish minimum security prison is located in Plain Dealing.


Plain Dealing is located in northern Bossier Parish at 32°54′21″N 93°42′0″W / 32.90583°N 93.70000°W / 32.90583; -93.70000 (32.905898, -93.699896). It is 8 miles (13 km) south of the Arkansas border and 31 miles (50 km) north of Shreveport.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.26%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 258
1910 474 83.7%
1920 655 38.2%
1930 1,412 115.6%
1940 1,085 −23.2%
1950 1,321 21.8%
1960 1,357 2.7%
1970 1,300 −4.2%
1980 1,213 −6.7%
1990 1,074 −11.5%
2000 1,071 −0.3%
2010 1,015 −5.2%
2020 893 −12.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Plain Dealing racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 440 49.27%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 414 46.58%
Other/Mixed 22 2.46%
Hispanic or Latino 15 1.68%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 893 people, 424 households, and 192 families residing in the town.


Notable people

  • William Benton Boggs (1854–1922), first mayor of Plain Dealing in 1890; member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1892 to 1900, and the Louisiana State Senate from 1908 to 1916
  • Mollie Burdett Banks Curry Gray (1862–1958), a Plain Dealing resident, was a great-great-grand-niece of George Washington. When she died in 1958 in Shreveport, she was listed as the oldest descendant of President Washington.
  • Robert Houston Curry, first husband of Mollie Gray, was from 1888 to 1892 a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for Bossier Parish.
  • John J. Doles (1895–1970), a business man and politician, member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1952 to 1956, and president of the Louisiana Bankers Association from 1956 to 1957
  • John J. Doles, Jr. (1923–2004), Plain Dealing banker and civic leader
  • Ryan Gatti (born 1974), state senator from Bossier City since 2016; owns a tree farm near Plain Dealing
  • Booker T (born 1965), retired American professional wrestler and current promoter.
  • A. P. Tugwell (1889–1976), born in Plain Dealing; the longest-serving Louisiana state treasurer
  • Joseph David "Joe" Waggonner, Jr. (1918–2007), a former congressman; born in Plain Dealing and interred at Plain Dealing Cemetery.
  • W. E. "Willie" Waggonner (1905–1976), sheriff of Bossier Parish from 1948 until his death in office; brother of Joe Waggonner
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